Should the Padres wait to deal Adrian Gonzalez?

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Thumbnail image for adrian gonzalez.jpgHe’s been one of the most
bandied-about names this offseason, but Jon Paul Morosi of
FOXSports.com thinks it would behoove the Padres
to wait until the 2010 non-waiver trade deadline to trade Adrian Gonzalez:



By the middle of this season, it should be different.




In July, other GMs can’t talk about free-agent options.




In July, other GMs are under pressure to
go for
it by getting one more left-handed slugger.




In July, other GMs will look at the money remaining on
Gonzalez’s contract — at that stage, barely more than $7
million through 2011 — and say to ownership: “For this guy,
for that amount of money, we should make it happen.”




Owed a modest $4.75 million next
season with the bargain of a $5.5 million club option for 2011, the
Padres are wise to wait for the right deal in return for their
franchise first baseman. According to Morosi, one rival executive
doubts new general manager Jed Hoyer would accept an offer of
right-handers Clay
Buchholz and Daniel Bard if the package didn’t also include
right-hander Casey Kelly or outfielder Ryan Westmoreland.




It’s a hefty price tag, of course,
but Morosi likens the situation to that of Mark Teixeira, when he was
dealt from the Rangers to the Braves at the trade deadline in 2007 —
also, a year and a half before hitting free agency. The Rangers managed
to turn that deal into shortstop Elvis Andrus and promising
right-hander Neftali Feliz. With teams jockeying for position around
the trade deadline, the Red Sox may come knocking with a more
substantial offer should their lineup lack the proper thump without
Jason Bay.

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.